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Clippers trade Spencer Hawes, Matt Barnes for Lance Stephenson

Clippers trade Spencer Hawes, Matt Barnes for Lance Stephenson

The Clippers completed the first part of their roster revamp Monday evening, acquiring shooting guard Lance Stephenson from the Charlotte Hornets in a swap of underachieving players that also included forward-center Spencer Hawes and veteran forward Matt Barnes. The trade gives the Clippers the elite perimeter defender they have long sought but comes with some risk considering the 6-foot-5 Stephenson was a flop last season with the Hornets. It also leaves the Clippers with a glut of shooting guards, meaning it could serve as a precursor to a trade involving Jamal Crawford since the team has already signaled strong interest in re-signing free-agent guard Austin Rivers. Stephenson, 24,...

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